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has warned the leadership there. he said the u.s. will refer the matter to the u.n. security council if they go ahead with the launch. >> we will be prepared to work with our partners, including at the united nations security council, to respond in a swift, effective, and credible manner. >> davies said the u.s. could strengthen sanctions. he said existing penalties have already hampered north korea's nuclear program. davies has been holding discussions with his counterparts from china, as well as japan and south korea. he said he hopes the chinese can use their influence with their allies in pyongyang. u.s. diplomats have made similar warnings over the years and the north koreans have ignored them. >> reporter: the ballistic missile launch will be the second since kim jong-un took pow area year ago. it will use the same launch pad at a site in the northwestern part of the country. before the first test in april, officials in pyongyang said the 30-meter, three-stage rocket was meant to carry a satellite. but japan, the united states and south korea said the launch was in fact a balli
. >> reporter: such efforts have done nothing to feed the hungry. officials with the u.n. world food program say 60 million north koreans, nearly 70% of the population, suffer from malnutrition. and things could get even tougher this winter. north koreans endured a severe drought this spring. then widespread flooding. south korean experts estimate the extreme weather will leave a shortage of 1 million tons of grain. and still, kim jong-un went ahead. this year marks 100 years since the birth of his grandfather, the nation's founder, kim il-song. his father died last december. and now kim jong-un is trying to put his stamp on history. nhk world, tokyo. >>> as we've been reporting, the japanese government has announced that officials in north korea have launched a missile. government officials say the north koreans went ahead with the launch at 9:49 local time this morning. they said the missile went off in a southerly direction. the north koreans say they were launching a rocket to put a satellite into orbit. but leaders in seoul and elsewhere say they were carrying out a test of a long-range bal
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